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Garth Jestley earned his MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business in London, ON and a BSc from University of British Columbia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In 2013, he attended the Business Programme at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He came to faith in God in his mid-thirties as the result of a dramatic encounter with the person of Jesus.
Over the course of his business career, he has held many senior leadership positions in investment management, venture capital, corporate banking, international project financing, private debt placement, and investment banking.
After serving as Vice President Project Financing at Bank of Montreal and Vice President of Citibank responsible for Corporate Banking in Eastern Canada, he joined Middlefield Group in 1985. Based in Toronto with offices in Calgary, AB and London, England, Middlefield provides investment services to individual and institutional investors across Canada and internationally. For many years, he served as CEO of the group’s core investment management business.
After stepping back from his full-time duties at Middlefield in 2012, Garth assumed the role of Executive Director of LeaderImpact for several years. The mission of LeaderImpact is to help marketplace leaders across Canada and around the world explore the relevance of faith in God in their professional and personal lives. This involvement was a catalyst for his book, More Than Your Business Card: A Wake-up Call for Leaders Desiring to Follow Jesus in the Marketplace.
Garth is currently Vice Chairman of Middlefield Group and Special Advisor to the senior management team. He also serves on the national board of directors of Teen Challenge Canada based in London, ON and the board of Catch The Fire Church in Toronto. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of Crossroads Christian Communications in Burlington, ON.
Garth and his wife Mary are involved in various church leadership roles, including ministering and speaking in Canada and around the world. They place a high priority on family and, in particular, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Garth on AC Podcast: More than Your Business Card: Interview with Garth Jestley